WWE WrestleMania 37: Predictions for Night Two

Last night was a historic night in wrestling – blank, blank and of course – fans finally returned to WrestleMania.

Tonight should be even bigger. While yesterday featured some fantastic matches, tonight’s card has potential to be timeless. We could see the end of a journey a decade in the making, the return of a movement or the head of the table stay the course on a history-making run.

Enough talk – I can’t wait to see what happens tonight, let’s predict these matches.

United States Championship: Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus

Riddle’s WrestleMania entrance is going to be one of the most um, unique (?) moments of the night. Scooters, bro chants and flip-flops on the biggest stage in sports entertainment will be a sight to see. Another sight to see will be Sheamus’ mohawk – which he’s said will make a return tonight. Give me the scooter over the mohawk – always the safe choice.

The Pick: Riddle

Women’s Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Natalya & Tamina

Perhaps the most shocking moment of WrestleMania’s first night was that Natalya and Tamina escaped the tag team turmoil match victorious. While they may have left night one victors, I’ll be shocked if they leave night two the same way. WWE might opt to give the generational superstars their WrestleMania moment, but it would be a surprise to see them take the belts off of Jax & Baszler.

The Pick: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn (w/Logan Paul)

When Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were tearing it up, wrestling all over America on the indies, do you think they ever thought they would have a YouTube star involved in their match? While Owens and Zayn certainly deserve the Mania spotlight to highlight their abilities, you know Paul is getting involved in this somehow. It will actually be more shocking if he doesn’t cost Zayn the match.

The Pick: Kevin Owens

Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews (Nigerian Drum)

I’m not even going to pretend to know what a Nigerian Drum match is – but I hope it’s good. Since Paul Heyman ripped him on Talkin’ Smack, Crews has been a different animal. The WWE has finally made the artist formerly known as Uhaa Nation interesting. Big E has charisma for days, and this rivalry has actually been one of the better ones in WWE in 2021. While the New Day member certainly deserves a victory at Mania, I think it’s Crews who gets the win here.

The Pick: Apollo Crews

‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton

Well, we get Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton at WrestleMania again. There first encounter was so much fun – the projections of various bugs and animals onto the ring made for some great entertainment – did that sarcasm get across? I don’t believe this is going to be a version of the Firefly Funhouse match Wyatt had with John Cena last year, but that would be so much better than having to watch these two face-off again. A one-on-one, traditional wrestling match for these two makes almost no sense – but it would make even less sense for The Fiend to lose.

The Pick: ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley

Rhea Ripley is going to get her WrestleMania moment. After losing her NXT Championship at WrestleMania 36 to Charlotte, the challenger was relegated back to NXT. Now, firmly entrenched on WWE’s main roster, she’ll get the gold. Asuka’s been a great champion, holding the belt since taking it from Becky Lynch – but her long reign comes to the end. In what could be a show-stealer, The Nightmare makes her dreams come true.

The Pick: Rhea Ripley

Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan

This is the match that feels like on we’ll be talking about for years to come. Three stories intertwined into making one of the most interesting WrestleMania main-events ever. It’s been easily the best built match on the road to the show – and that’s no surprise when you think of the three participants in the match. Roman Reigns has been the best thing about WWE since the pandemic started – his heel run has been legendary. Edge has returned from a career-ending neck injury to win the Royal Rumble and challenge Reigns – and he’s brought all of that grit he’s promised since January 2020. Did I say career-ending neck injury? Yeah, Daniel Bryan came back from one of those too – and he’s on his best face run since. Instead of derailing the build between two legends, his addition has enhanced it – adding layers to the match. The best matches are the ones you watch and have no idea who’s going to win – any of these three men can walk away Universal Champion. This match alone is worth the price of admission (and Peacock). Personally, I see the chance to bookend a ten year journey with a title win in the main event of WrestleMania too good to pass up.

The Pick: Edge

WWE WrestleMania 37: Predictions for Night One

Last year iteration of WrestleMania was different in ways we never imagined it would be. Instead of emanating from a raucous Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Bay, the WWE Performance Center housed the event.

While the superstars did what they could with the conditions, the silence that fell on the event with no crowd present severely hurt the event. Drew McIntyre’s coronation, a hard-hitting ladder match and Kevin Owen’s death-defying leap all falling on deaf ears – Michael Cole’s commentary echoing like never before.

We were still treated to supreme efforts and memorable moments – the Boneyard and Firefly Funhouse matches sticking out the most. The fans may not have been with McIntyre in the biggest moment of his career, but the moment still mesmerizing as he looked into the camera and said to the fans, “This is for us.”

Finally, for the first time in over a year – fans return to make-up a capacity crowd at a wrestling show. While other sports like baseball and basketball were definitely different with no crowd, there’s no form of entertainment in the world that plays off the crowd quite like the world of pro wrestling.

It’ll be one of the biggest nights in WWE history – 25,000 fans will sound like 100,000 as they cheer, boo and chant for whoever the hell they want. No more piped in cheers or computer screens, fan’s voices will be heard as they’re treated to an excellent card.

So who exactly will fans be hanging on the edge of their seat for? Here are my predictions for the biggest matches on the first night of WrestleMania 37.

Natalya & Tamina vs. Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Riott Squad (Tag Team Turmoil; winners receive title shot on Night 2)

The WWE has handled the women’s tag-team title’s with as much care as Amazon workers do with glass packages. I’m not going to lie to you – I have no clue who’s going to go on to day two to fight Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, so I’m going to go with the biggest babyface competitors in the match.

The Pick: Naomi & Lana

Raw Tag Team Championship: The New Day (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos

While The New Day are fantastic, this feels like a match that the potential of AJ Styles. His WrestleMania track record since coming to WWE has been lackluster – aside from his performance in the Boneyard Match last year. He’s faced big names like Randy Orton, Shane McMahon and Chris Jericho, but each match just seemed like it wasn’t a big deal. He survived being ‘buried alive’ for this? Oh well – the match feels like a way to turn Omos into a monster, so he helps Styles win the titles at least.

The Pick: AJ Styles and Omos

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro

FINALLY! No, The Rock isn’t returning to WWE – Cesaro is getting his first ever one on one match at WrestleMania. This one could steal the show, two of the most talented wrestlers in the entire company going at it. This doesn’t feel like the start-stop pushes he’s had prior – the way to prove that is with a big-time victory by the Swiss Super-Man.

The Pick: Cesaro

Shane McMahon vs. Braun Strowman (Steel Cage)

I swear this has the be one of the worst built-up matches in WrestleMania history – and I’m even counting the match between The Rock and Rowan. It’a been built off McMahon calling Strowman stupid – well, the only person who felt unintelligent was me while watching that promo. Also, the ‘Monster Among Men’ said he didn’t want anyone interfering – so he chooses a Steel Cage match? What? Does he not realize the top is open? I get the logistics – but why not choose a Hell in the Cell? God – maybe he is stupid.

The Pick: Shane McMahon (Due to Interference from Elias)

Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison

The WWE got a global superstar for WrestleMania – while it may not have been The Rock or Stone Cold, it’s going to be interesting to watch Bad Bunny compete. Now I don’t speak Spanish, but man, I can’t lie – his music is a bop. Sorry Miz and Morrison, there’s about a zero percent chance you win this match – those Bad Bunny merchandise sales are through the roof!

The Pick: Bad Bunny & Damian Priest

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair

This has show-stealing potential. Banks and Belair have potential to put on one of the best women’s matches in the history of WrestleMania. Whether they open or close the show, they’ll tear the house down. While Banks has been a fantastic champion for the ‘E, it’s time to complete the coronation of Belair. The 2021 Royal Rumble winner caps off an amazing journey with a WrestleMania victory – cue the video of her parents celebrating.

The Pick: Bianca Belair

WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

When Lashley and McIntyre faced off for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, it wasn’t a sure thing either man would make it back to the pinnacle of pro wrestling. Alas – both will face off on the grandest stage of them all. An amazing journey for both men all led to this, and they’ll put on a Mania worthy match with all their chips in the center. It’ll be a hard-hitting battle between the behemoths, but I expect McIntyre to get the moment that was stripped away from him last year. Instead of having to speak to the camera, he can look in the crowd and see the reactions of fans in the stands – fireworks in the air, bagpipes and guitar rocking and the WWE Championship thrown over his shoulder.

The Pick: Drew McIntyre

2020 Sports Awards: The Game, Athlete and Achievement of the Year

Let’s be honest – 2020 was the absolute most unpredictable, craziest year of all of our lives. For a moment, let’s stop and look back at the year that was in sports.

Where do I even begin? 2020, sports wise, was a year of unpredictability – the world stopped, lives were changed and priorities shifted.

Somehow, all the major leagues found ways to finish their seasons. That’s a remarkable achievement in it’s own right, as they provided us with amazing moments through the darkest of times.

The sports world as a whole deserves an award for simply continuing on, but certain teams, athletes and leagues impacts were felt above all. Let’s take a look at 2020’s best.

Game of the Year: Ravens def. Browns 47-42

This game simply had it all. On a year where Monday Night Football drew the short-end of the primetime stick, they got lucky with this legendary game.

Lamar Jackson running off the field, twitter going wild with bathroom conspiracies – only for the reigning MVP to return to the field and win the game for the Baltimore Ravens.

It was a memorable duel between two division rivals, and fittingly, fans were allowed in. It would’ve been a shame for the game of the year to go on in-front of an empty stadium.

It’s a game where the highlights will be shown for years to come, much like 2018’s shootout between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.

There aren’t many football games that evoke that kind of emotion.

Honorable Mentions: Mavericks-Clippers (Luka GW); Lightning-Blue Jackets (5 OT); World Series Game 4

Athlete of the Year: LeBron James

It couldn’t have been anybody else.

LeBron James did more in 2020 than any other athlete alive.

He was a voice for the voiceless during the social justice movement. He won his fourth and perhaps most important championship – carrying the memory of Kobe Bryant with him throughout the entire playoffs.

What LeBron did this season is the stuff that legends do – when times are the toughest, when things are at their most bleak, they turn around and face it head on, and in the end .. they come out on top.

LeBron James came out on top of 2020. A remarkable year for The King.

Honorable Mentions: Patrick Mahomes; Mookie Betts; Jimmy Butler

Greatest Achievement: The Way the NBA Handled COVID-19 & The Social Justice Movement

The National Basketball Association proved to not just the sports world, but the entire globe that they’re the top run league with how they handled everything thrown at them this year.

They were trailblazers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic – the first league to postpone their season, and the league that came up with the greatest solution: The Disney Bubble.

The bubble was a resounding success, providing fans with great basketball and a satisfying conclusion in a safe, controlled environment. The fact that they proved you could finish a season during a pandemic through groundbreaking protocols was history making.

Then, when players voices needed to be heard more than ever before, the NBA provided them with a platform to do so.

Names on the back of jerseys, commercials helping people to register to vote, and millions of dollars in donations are just a few ways in which players helped move the social justice movement forward. Instead of silencing their athletes, the NBA embraced them more than ever – something that has had a huge impact.

The way the NBA handled everything thrown their way in 2020 was a masterclass in how to run a league, and that’s why it’s the greatest achievement of 2020.

Honorable Mentions: NHL Bubble; Dodgers Title Run; NASCAR Season

No Risk, No Reward: How The Arizona Cardinals Broke The Mold With Their Rebuild

The 2018 Arizona Cardinals had all the looks of a classic NFL rebuild: highly drafted quarterback prospect, first time head coach with potential and a mix of some young and veteran talent. 

Everything was status quo, and then? They threw it all away.

Why? Because the status quo just isn’t good enough in the NFL.

The 2020 Arizona Cardinals didn’t get here by accident. Just two years removed from finishing 3-13, they’re now entering the upper echelon of teams in the NFC. A 5-2 start, wins over the undefeated Seattle Seahawks, the defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers and a quarterback in MVP talks, they’re proving they belong. 

So what’s the difference between the Cardinals and teams who just can’t get their rebuilds right? (Looking at you, New York). They took risks. They threw the rule book out the window and did everything different. General Manager Steve Keim said to hell with how things are supposed to be done, and guess what, it worked.

Originally, Keim made a bevy of mistakes at his first attempt to rebuild his team. 

First, he hired Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator, Steve Wilks. Wilks may be a highly respected coordinator, but was an uninspiring head coach, to say the least.

He drafted UCLA’s Josh Rosen in the first round in 2018. Rosen was a highly regarded prospect, but right now he looks like one of the biggest quarterback busts ever. He’s currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.

In the NFL, if you have the wrong coach or quarterback, you have nothing. If you miss on both, you usually don’t get another chance to fix it.

In 2019, Keim decided to throw away the rule book and change everything. He risked his job, his reputation and everything in between when he decided to burn his first attempt at a rebuild to his ground.

Instead of taking the safe route this time, he would take the road less traveled. He would take risk after risk, every decision being torn to shreds by the media and fans alike.

First, he replaced Wilks with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury was coming off of losing his job as the head coach in Lubbock, but was ready to accept the position of offensive coordinator at USC. Keim saw the NFL changing around him into an offensive driven league, and his team needed a coach who could help his team do the same. Kingsbury was his guy.

The move was panned by almost everybody who covered the NFL and fans alike. Stephen A. Smith, of ESPN’s First Take, still stands firm in his stance to this day, stating that Kingsbury didn’t deserve the job.

Second, instead of sticking with his first round quarterback from 2018 in Rosen, he went out and drafted the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, Kyler Murray, in 2019. His detractors said he was too small, that he wouldn’t even be able to see over his offensive line – Keim still didn’t care. It was another risk he was willing to take. He was all in.

The Cardinals could’ve played it safe and stuck with their mistakes, like most teams do. They could’ve kept Wilks and Rosen together for another year, drafted Nick Bosa and tried to let them gel together.

The Cardinals would still be in the NFC’s cellar if they did that.

Teams like the New York Giants, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars have been stuck in what seems like a forever rebuild because they stick with their mistakes for too long. Dave Gettleman, Adam Gase and Doug Marrone should’ve been unemployed a long time ago.

The NFL is a results driven business – if you can’t prove your worth, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first or tenth year, you can be replaced. The Cardinals didn’t get lucky during their rebuild, they were cognizant of their mistakes and wasted no time in fixing them. 

The bottom line? No risk, no reward. The Arizona Cardinals are a playoff team in contention to win their division. Teams that have played it safe? Only 185 days until the draft.

NFL Week One: Predicting Each Game (ATS)

In one of the craziest years we’ve ever experienced, the NFL rolls on. Kick back, relax, and let me help you make some money on opening weekend.

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs (-9)

The two highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL will go head to head on opening night, when the post-DeAndre Hopkins trade Houston Texans take on the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. A rematch from last year’s AFC divisional round, the Texans won’t have a chance to blow a four touchdown lead in this game. The Chiefs get out to a fast start in their quest for back to back championships, taking care of business opening night.

The Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (-9)

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-6.5)

The classic 1pm, opening day match-up: the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills. With the departure of Tom Brady from the AFC East, the Bills have become the sexy pick to win the division. News flash, there is nothing sexy about the Buffalo Bills. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a good team, but I’m not as convinced as everyone else is about them. The Jets had somewhat of a tumultuous offseason, trading away Jamal Adams and stuck in a never-ending, media driven soap opera between Adam Gase and Le’Veon Bell. Sam Darnold has to take another step forward this year, and he’s actually undefeated in Buffalo. Give me the Jets in a shocker.

The Pick: New York Jets (+6.5)

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (+1.5)

One team that has continually given Russell Wilson and the Seahawks fits over his career has been the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks might be one of the best teams in the NFC, but they’re also one of the mots inconsistent teams in the entire league. The Falcons had a season to forget last year, but they ended it on a good note. I think they carry that momentum, plus a classic nobody believes in us attitude, into this season. The Falcons are better than people think, and they’ll show it week one.

The Pick: Atlanta Falcons (+1.5)

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-3)

If there’s an NFC version of the Jets-Bills match-up, it’s this match-up between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. The Bears were extraordinarily disappointing last year, but they still managed an 8-8 record. On the other hand, the Lions were one of the worst teams in the entire league, but a healthy Matthew Stafford, along with the addition of De’Andre Swift, should give their offense some life. It’s put up or shut up time for Mitchell Trubisky though, and I believe his talent will finally be on display this year *ducks*. I know it’s popular to disparage his ability, and I don’t know if he’ll do enough to keep the Bears starting job beyond 2020, but he’ll do enough to get the win here.

The Pick: Chicago Bears (+3)

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-3)

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers both fell victim to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs last season, and they’ll both be looking to improve upon good seasons from last year. The Vikings shipped out a big play receiver in Stefon Diggs, but they replaced him with first round pick, Justin Jefferson. The Packers on the other hand, they’re rolling with Allen Lazard as their number two receiver. I think the addition of Yannick Ngakoue will pay dividends for the Vikings as well, but it may take some time for him to get acclimated to an entirely new defense. The Packers swept the Vikings last season, and they look to do it again this year, starting with a victory in Minnesota.

The Pick: Green Bay Packers (+3)

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-6.5)

The Miami Dolphins shocked the football world in Week 17 of last season, when they went up to Foxborough and defeated the New England Patriots, in what we now know was Tom Brady’s last regular season game as a member of the team. The loss helped set the table for Brady leaving for Tampa Bay, and for a new man under center in New England, a super-man, Cam Newton. I love the fit of Newton with Bill Belichick, and I think it’ll pay dividends for both. Fitz-Magic doesn’t reign supreme in New England again, as Newton and the Patriots offense will have something to prove this season.

The Pick: New England Patriots (-6.5)

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team (+6)

A rematch from week one last year, where the Washington Football Team got off to a blistering start, only to blow it to the Carson Wentz led Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles number one receiver going into this game will be DeSean Jackson, and no, this is not 2011. The Eagles did defeat the Washinton Football Team late last season with a former quarterback and converted tight end playing wide receiver for them, so it may not matter. I think the Ron Rivera led squad will keep it close, cover, but the Philadelphia Eagles win a close one.

The Pick: Washington Football Team (+6)

Las Vegas Raiders at Carolina Panthers (+3)

The first game of a new era for the Raiders, as they officially leave Oakland for ‘Sin City’, Las Vegas. This new story begins in Carolina, taking on a team in the Panthers who have also undergone a facelift. Baylor’s Matt Rhule is calling the shots now, and former Vikings, Jets and Saints quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, will be under center. Personally, I believe the Raiders should be much better than the Panthers this season, but the Raiders have also been consistently inconsistent over the last couple years. I expect this year to be no different, but who wouldn’t want to see the Vegas-Era start off with a win? Probably Panthers fans, but .. oh well.

The Pick: Las Vegas Raiders (-3)

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (+8)

An eight point line, at home, on opening day, is disrespectful – even for the Jaguars. Have we forgotten all about Minshew Magic? The mustached super star? And this is a team three years removed from an AFC Championship game birth. Wait, they traded who? Released, waived, rid themselves of almost everyone? Man, maybe that eight point line isn’t so disrespectful after all. Phillip Rivers is reunited with Frank Reich, and the Colts will finally have some stability at quarterback this season. Sorry Jaguars fans, as much as you wish it was 2017 instead of 2020 .. it’s not.

The Pick: Indianapolis Colts (-8)

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-8)

The Cleveland Browns are a fantastic candidate for a post-hype sleeper team. They were a popular pick to win the division last season, but then, as things usually go, the hyped up team fell flat on their face. Coaches and General Managers were fired, Baker Mayfield went from someone who couldn’t shut up to a player you haven’t heard a peep from, and Kevin Stefanski is a much better candidate to get the most out of this team than Freddie Kitchens was. The Baltimore Ravens, at least in the regular season, were the best team in the league last year. They’re out for revenge after a disappointing playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, and Lamar Jackson is out to prove his MVP season wasn’t a fluke. The Ravens will be great again this season, but this will be a closer game than the line suggests. Ravens win, but the Browns cover.

The Pick: Cleveland Browns (+8)

Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (+3)

The Los Angeles Chargers are entering a new era: the post Phillip Rivers era. Before they enter the Justin Herbert era though, Tyrod Taylor is here to interject and hopefully, to stay. Another team who’s turning over a new leaf? The Cincinnati Bengals. Hometown hero Joe Burrow fell into their laps at number one overall, and the fit couldn’t be more perfect. If there’s anyone who can get the best out of this Bengals team, it’s the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. In a battle of teams trying to start new era’s out with wins, give me the one with the better signal caller – Joe Burrow.

The Pick: Cincinnati Bengals (+3)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-3.5)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quickly become the sexy pick to win the Super Bowl. They had a great offense last year with a quarterback who threw thirty interceptions, and now they replace him with the greatest of all time, Tom Brady. Bringing Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and getting former top five pick Leonard Fournette at great value, this offense could be an all timer. The New Orleans Saints let another great season be wasted by a disappointing playoff loss, and while they should still contend for the division crown, this is arguably the biggest game of week one. Who plays better in big games, Tom Brady or Drew Brees? And thats, that.

The Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5)

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-7)

The San Francisco 49ers are the class of the NFC, but even during their magical season last year, the Arizona Cardinals gave them fits. I’m not buying the Kyler Murray-MVP hype, but I do think the Cardinals are one of the most improved teams in the entire NFL. De’Andre Hopkins and Isiah Simmons should produce instantly, and I can’t wait to see this team on the field. People have short memories, and I believe people have forgotten about just how good the 49ers were last year. The Cardinals will keep this one close, and I want to pick them to win here, but cooler heads prevail. I’ll throw them a bone though, with a cover.

The Pick: Arizona Cardinals (+7)

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams (+3)

The Los Angeles Rams moved on from their star running back in Todd Gurley, but they got a formidable replacement in the Florida State product, Cam Akers. I think Akers will be great for the Rams, but it remains to be seen just how many touches he’ll get in week one. The Dallas Cowboys added more talent to an already talented offense with the addition of CeeDee Lamb, and even though they didn’t give Dak Prescott a long term deal this offseason like other top quarterbacks, I’m expecting him to play like one this year. It starts week one, and the Cowboys have always started the season hot. They keep the status quo this year with a win.

The Pick: Dallas Cowboys (-3)

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (+5.5)

Ben Roethlisberger returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers starting lineup, a sight that will for sure be welcome after the play of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodgers last year. Juju Smith-Schuster should have a better year with his return, and the offense as a whole should be good. The New York Giants finally got rid of their lame duck head coach in Pat Shurmur, replacing him with the fiery Joe Judge. Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and the Giants offense should take a step forward with another year of development and new offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett, calling the shots. All rise, the Giants get Joe Judge a victory in his first game as a head coach.

The Pick: New York Giants (+5.5)

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (+1.5)

The dreaded late night Monday game on opening week features the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos this year. Both these teams will be interesting, as they feature talented offenses with some stars on defense. The addition of Jadeveon Clowney should pay dividends for the Titans, even in his first game. The Broncos finally found their franchise quarterback in Drew Lock, and they got him some new weapons in the offseason, with the additions of Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Melvin Gordon. That offense will hum eventually, but week one belongs to the Titans.

The Pick: Tennessee Titans (-1.5)

AEW Fyter Fest: Night One Predictions

This year, All Elite Wrestling has decided to do something different for Fyter Fest: space it our over two weeks, and give it to us for free. The first night of the two week special will feature some awesome tag team wrestling, along with Hikaru Shida and Cody trying to retain their titles won at AEW: Double or Nothing. It should be a night of exciting matches, as AEW has been on fire throughout this COVID-19 wrestling era. They’ve still managed to put on entertaining shows without fans, and they get another opportunity to do so with Fyter Fest. In this article, I’ll tell you what I think will happen on night one.

Tag Team Match: Jurassic Express (With Marko Stunt) Vs. MJF & Wardlow

Will this match open the show with a bang? Absolutely. After a phenomenal match between Jungle Boy & MJF at Double or Nothing, tonight’s show will feature them in tag team action. While Wardlow won’t move the needle much, Luchasaurus being in the match means you have to watch, if only for his look. There’s only one thing that needs to happen in this match, and that’s MJF’s hand being raised in victory at the end. His impressive winning streak needs to be kept up, as he could be the one to finally take the title off of Jon Moxley. Get MJF a win here, have a great opening match, and everyone is happy.

Prediction: MJF & Wardlow Win

Tag Team Match: Santana & Ortiz Vs. Private Party (With Matt Hardy)

Do I love the addition of Matt Hardy to Private Party? Yes. ‘The Hardy Party’ isn’t what I imagined Hardy would be doing when he signed with AEW, but I’m all for him helping out new talent who can turn into eventual stars. Marq Quen had a fantastic match against Cody for the TNT Championship a couple weeks back, and now he gets to show how great he is in tag team action. Hardy has history with Santana & Ortiz of the Inner Circle, so I think so old wounds will be opened up during this match as well. While Hardy in Private Party’s corner could be a great thing for them, it could also create a distraction that allows the heels to steal the victory.

Prediction: Santana & Ortiz Win

AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida (C) Vs. Penelope Ford (With Kip Sabian)

Penelope Ford can become the face of the AEW Women’s Division, but not yet. She’s shown a lot of improvement over the recent months, but Hikaru Shida is no slouch. She just won the AEW Women’s Championship from Nyla Rose at DoN, and I don’t think she’s ready to relinquish it so soon. Watch out for Kip Sabian to try to help Ford get some gold around her waist though.

Prediction: Hikaru Shida Retains

AEW World Tag Team Championships: Kenny Omega & ‘Hangman’ Adam Page (C) Vs. Best Friends

When Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page are wrestling, it’s impossible to look away. The AEW Tag Team division is the best in the world, and its champions are two of the very best as well. Best Friends have been on a roll, but it’s not time to dethrone the champs yet. When Omega and Page lose the titles, they need to go on to bigger and better things, but I just don’t see them going after the TNT or AEW Championships yet. Their going to win, and this is going to be the best match of the night.

Prediction: Omega & Page Retain

TNT Championship: ‘The American Nightmare’ Cody (C) (With Arn Anderson) Vs. Jake Hager

Cody Rhodes is trying to establish the TNT Championship as a legitimate, and he’s off to a great start. In the midst of a run similar to that of John Cena’s US Open Challenge time that made RAW watchable for weeks, he’s helped put over young stars in fantastic matches, even getting Ricky Starks an AEW contract because of it. Jake Hager will be the most formidable opponent he’s had yet, but it would be a terrrrrrrrible idea to take the title off Cody at this time. Booking Hager to lose runs the risk of him looking like loser Braun Strowman Pre-Wrestlemania 36, but a win over him will only help establish the TNT Championship. Get the fireworks ready, night one of Fyter Fest ends with Cody standing tall.

Prediction: Cody Retains

Wrestling with Silence: Comparing WWE and AEW’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the face of a global pandemic, professional wrestling has been forced to adapt. Some ideas have been home runs, but of course, some have been swings and misses. Still, creative, never before seen matches have taken place that people will never forget, like WWE’s Boneyard Match and AEW’s Stadium Stampede

No matter what, we’ll always compare the two premier wrestling companies in North America, World Wrestling Entertainment, and All Elite Wrestling. We compare their talent, their champions, their storylines, hell – we even the ratings of their shows. Each company has had to face the challenge of putting on shows with no fans, coming up with creative ways to combat this. It’s time to compare how each company has adjusted to the challenges of this global pandemic.

Challenge: No Fans

WWE: WWE has simply just .. continued. We’re seeing the same matches, with the same participants, in the same style we would see with fans in the arena. Their biggest problem: the silence is deafening. Us as fans can only take so much of Michael Cole’s yapping, I really can’t imagine how hard it might be to wrestle while listening it. While it’s admirable that WWE is still putting on shows, they should take a page out of AEW’s book here.

AEW: AEW has done the obvious, but that doesn’t make it a great idea – they’ve put wrestlers and television personalities in the crowd. It works perfectly. The silence of WWE matches can cause the show’s to drag, but AEW shows haven’t been bogged down to that effect. AEW has even done things like separating heels and faces to certain sides, and having wrestlers side betting during the matches. It’s become an added layer of to look forward to during these shows, and that’s a great thing. 

Challenge: Storyline Progression

WWE: The storyline progression on RAW and Smackdown has worked for some feuds, like Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre, but for most feuds it has not. The last time fans were in the arena, the Universal Champion was Goldberg, and he was about to face off against Roman Reigns for the title. In a little over two months, the title is now in the hands of Braun Strowman, who has already faced Bray Wyatt, and will now face Miz and Morisson in a handicap match for the title. WHAT? Also, there’s now a rule where superstars can jump brands randomly, and AJ Styles got traded to Smackdown with no explanation. Storylines in the world of WWE don’t always make sense, but they’ve been especially bad in recent months.

AEW: Contrary to WWE, AEW has been able to develop, continue and finish entertaining storylines in the face of this challenge. The ‘Exalted One’ was revealed, Matt Hardy debuted, the Elite and the Inner Circle continued their feud, and we even got a championship tournament, culminating with a crowning moment for Cody Rhodes. While WWE has been leaving plenty of loose ends and adding random filler feuds that last a month tops, AEW has been paying off storylines months in the making.

Challenge: The Fourth Wall

WWE: This has been WWE’s biggest fault, they have barely even acknowledged this pandemic. Their biggest superstar, Roman Reigns, skipped Wrestlemania due to it and we never even got an explanation. I don’t think we’ve ever even heard the word Coronavirus on television yet. In the year 2020, in this age of information, this is an asinine thing to do. It is so freaking stupid. If for some unknown, crazy reason, WWE was your only form of participation in society, you literally wouldn’t think anything was different in the world. It just makes zero sense.

AEW: At least one wrestling company doesn’t think its viewers are complete morons. AEW has repeatedly mentioned their talent have been tested before each show, a welcome acknowledgement to the viewers at home. Another thing AEW has done right is simply wish their viewers well, and talk about how weird of a situation it is. All other major sporting that have happened since this pandemic have acknowledged it, and to ignore it is just plain stupid. I get that WWE wants to play the keeping kayfabe card, but some things supersede it. A freaking global pandemic is one of those things.

This wasn’t meant to be an AEW puff piece, but they’ve just been putting out much better content than WWE during this pandemic. Not every episode has been a winner, but they’ve had more hits than misses. The WWE still has done some good things, like the Boneyard Match, the Firefly Funhouse Match and the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but aside from that .. it’s been rough. Plus, you could argue that AEW’s Stadium Stampede match was better than all three. 

The powers at be in WWE have always been stubborn, but they need to borrow a couple of AEW’s ideas if they want their content to improve until fans return.

Comparing NBA Teams to Disney Movies

In hopes to finish their season, the NBA has been looking for a remote location where they could control testing, players’ health and play basketball in a safe way. Throughout the process, three options came to light: Las Vegas, the Bahamas, and Disney World in Orlando. 

While Las Vegas and the Bahamas would’ve been interesting, Disney World HAS to be the move here.

It almost makes too much sense. There are plenty of hotels in the area not being used that could be occupied by teams; the state of Florida is allowing professional sports to resume; the NBA has a great partnership with ESPN/ABC (who are owned by Disney); there’s already an NBA team in Orlando (sponsored by Disney!). How many more reasons do you need?

We could get some amazing sights and sounds as well, as you know Disney characters are going to be making appearances during the broadcast. Plus, the NBA literally just opened up the NBA experience in Disney Springs (awesome, but expensive), this would be one of the most genius marketing moves ever. 

Naturally, if the NBA is going to be playing at Disney World, we have to compare teams to movies. Sorry, it’s just the way of the world. Let’s get to it.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Avengers

The Los Angeles Lakers are on an absolute mission this year. There’s no team in the NBA with more motivation to win the championship this year. They started the year on a mission to revitalize one of the great NBA franchises, with LeBron James also trying to prove he’s still the best player in the world. Then, with the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, winning a championship to honor the Lakers legend also became a factor. Finally, with the success of ‘The Last Dance’, Michael Jordan will expand his lead on LeBron as the greatest of all time in the minds of fans and experts alike. One way to close that gap? For LeBron to win another championship. Avengers, assemble.

Milwaukee Bucks: Lion King

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been learning how to become the best player in the NBA over the last couple seasons, much like how Simba learned how to become king in The Lion King. Can Giannis officially take his place as the NBA’s best player this year with a championship, or will he fail to make the finals for a second straight year? He could become king this year if he wins Milwaukee a championship, along with his second straight league MVP.

Memphis Grizzlies: Cinderella

You knew Cinderella was going to represent a young, hungry underdog team who can pull off some upsets, right? Duh. The slipper fits for the Memphis Grizzlies. This team isn’t scared of anyone. They have a young superstar in Ja Morant who’s been under-appreciated since high school, and he’s finally about to get his due. He’ll be awarded the 2019-20 NBA rookie of the year, and his squad could make a Cinderella run if they can shock the world in round one.

New York Knicks: Cars 2

Cars 2 was BAD. The movie forgot what made the first iteration of it so great. Despite it being a terrible movie, it still made millions, and Disney was okay with that. Does this sound familiar, maybe a little too familiar? The New York Knicks are BAD. The Knicks continue to make money despite them being terrible. In fact, they’re the most valuable team in the entire NBA. Why would Disney care about how bad Cars 2 was if it still makes millions no matter what? Why would Knicks owner James Dolan care about how bad the Knicks are if they still make money? Jeez. Was this movie based on the Knicks? What is going on here?

Brooklyn Nets: Wreck-It Ralph

In the movie Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph becomes so fed up with the work he’s doing that he tries to change everything. In doing so, he almost ruins a bunch of other video games that have nothing to do with him. Of course, in the end, it all works out for Ralph, but how does this relate to the Brooklyn Nets? If you haven’t caught on yet, Kyrie Irving IS Ralph. Kyrie enjoyed success in both Cleveland and Boston, but he wasn’t happy in either situation. Now in Brooklyn, where his head coach was fired after dealing with him for less than a year, will he continue to wreck teams, or will his story have a happy ending like Ralph’s did? Time will tell.

Utah Jazz: Chicken Little

In Chicken Little, the namesake believed the sky was falling, and nobody believed him. The NBA believed the Coronavirus was a serious threat, but Rudy Gobert didn’t believe them. He went around touching microphones and neglecting warnings, so naturally he got the disease, the NBA shut down and a game hasn’t been played since. If the citizens of Oakley Oaks believed Chicken Little, maybe they would’ve been more well prepared for the sky to fall. If Rudy Gobert believed the warnings about the Coronavirus, maybe he wouldn’t have sullied his reputation and gotten sick.

Los Angeles Clippers: Pirates of the Caribbean

If Disney was actually writing the script for this NBA season, the Lakers would be crowned champions. This isn’t the movies though, and the Clippers have had the Lakers number so far. The Clippers are the team that can come in and ruin the hopes of the Lakers dream championship run, much like how the Pirates scavenged the Caribbean seas throughout the Disney movie series. Kawhi Leonard can play a perfect Jack Sparrow, going around to different cities and stealing championship rings for them. He’s already graced San Antonio and Toronto with some treasure, Los Angeles could be next.

Toronto Raptors: Toy Story

Toy Story was a huge success for Disney, spawning some highly successful sequels as well. Last season, the Toronto Raptors got a shiny new toy in Kawhi Leonard, and even though he’s not with them any more, the success hasn’t stopped. Currently the two seed in the East, the Raptors could be looking at some pretty successful sequels to their championship season themselves. Also, what makes Toy Story so great isn’t just one toy, but the whole bunch of them. The Raptors are proving this year their success was due to more than just one toy.

A Letter to the Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

Everybody has a story. Some are simple, a successful four years of college and then moving on. Some are a long road, full of different stops, transferring schools, and changing directions along the way. Some stories are ones of pure grit – students who never gave up, no matter how many years went by, and they’ve finally reached their goal. No matter what your story is, the beautiful part about this time of year is that for one day, all our stories come together – graduation day.

The Class of 2020 is the most unique graduating class of all time. Our stories will forever be intertwined with one of the most challenging times our country has ever seen. Whether we have been directly affected by the pandemic or not, our stories are forever changed, put on pause, while a more important one gets written. 

Just because it’s what we have to do doesn’t mean it doesn’t sting. Our moment taking a backseat while the world heals is something that seemed unfathomable just a couple months ago. We planned our spring break getaways, graduation parties and celebrations – all blank chapters now. But, we did it because that’s what the world required.

When our college careers started, we all thought about certain moments, and the most important moment – the one that provides closure, graduation. It’s a moment that’ll never be the way we imagined it now. Virtual. Postponed. In some cases, cancelled. 

Still, we kept going. Fully online classes. DIY graduation photoshoots. Virtual ceremonies. Zoom parties. While the world around us changed, we stayed the course. A semester that was supposed to be one of celebration turning into one full of change and difficulty. But also one of perseverance

We were ready to fill our minds with memories of walking across that stage, but we can still show the world how special of a class we are. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how definite a moment seems, it can always be taken away by something completely out of our control.

So we’ll show the world by living with a reckless abandon, with success on our minds, paving our own way if we have to. We’ve learned from our stories that first and foremost, they are our stories, so we won’t let anybody else hold the pen. We all have unfinished business now, to find our closure; our path; make our own success and not to look back.

The Class of 2020 deserves to be celebrated. We’ll never be a traditional graduating class, but maybe that makes it more special. When we do find our closure – whether it’s at a virtual or in-person postponed graduation, or in our own unique way, we’ll have done it in a way that no other graduating class has. That makes it special. We’re different, and different is special.

It may never be the moment we imagined, but it’s still our moment. It’s our accomplishment. It’s our story. And nobody can ever take that away from the Class of 2020.

Congratulations to every single graduate of the Class of 2020, I can’t wait to see the amazing things we accomplish.

Who Has The NFL’s Best New Uniforms? Ranking Team’s New Threads

This NFL offseason was one of the busiest of all time, fashion wise. More teams changed their uniforms than I can ever remember. Each one elicited a reaction, whether it was positive, negative, or indifferent. So, which teams are the best of the bunch? Here’s a definitive ranking of NFL team’s new threads.

6. Atlanta Falcons

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First, the worst of the new uniforms, the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have such a great color scheme that these were the uniforms I was most excited for to be released, and man, I was disappointed. I HATE when teams put their city on the front of the jersey. The Browns did it with their most recent jerseys, it knocked the Jets uniforms down a couple rungs, and it makes the Falcons jerseys look cheesy. Their throwbacks are some of the best in the league, they had a perfect blue print and they just .. lost it. A gradient jersey? Gradient is cool to an elementary kid on paint, but a NFL uniform? Just dumb. I have a feeling the Falcons will be switching uniforms again pretty soon.

5. Los Angeles Rams

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No team caught more flack this offseason than the Rams. Their logo was panned, their former players say they’re not being paid, and some experts are predicting them to finish fourth in their division, just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance. Their new uniforms are bound to be polarizing as well. While I don’t hate them, they’re obviously going with the same theme they took with their logo – eccentric, bright and in honor of their ‘new’ city, Los Angeles. Sadly for the Rams, their roommates uniforms blow these away. Sorry, but it’s tough not to compare them, and the Chargers get the victory here. Plus, the numbers look weird as hell. And what shade of blue is that? I’m getting dizzy trying to figure this out.

4. New England Patriots

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The Patriots are entering a new era, but I’m surprised they didn’t do more here. While it’s not bad, they just took their color rush uniform are made it their home uniforms, while also making a white version for the road. The part here that’s unique though is that they only have navy pants. Some teams have four different color pants in their uniform combinations, the Patriots will have one. I would’ve liked to see them go back to the Pat Patriot logo with a more modern version of those great jerseys, but I can see why they wouldn’t want to change up too much. These aren’t bad, but they’re not particularly exciting either.

3. Cleveland Browns

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The Browns went with a modernized ‘throwback’ after a failed experiment with their last uniforms. The team actually hated them so much that they wore their color rush jerseys as often as they could (which were great, by the way). The Browns jerseys are plain, they’re boring, but that’s how they’re supposed to look! They’re classic, and they’re a thousand times better than the ones with ‘BROWNS’ written on their pants. Odell Beckham Jr. will look much better complaining to Baker Mayfield in these jerseys.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Sometimes, you have to go back to move forward. The Buccaneers made a massive mistake with their last uniform combination, looking like an alarm clock and a creamsicle had a baby. They basically took out the memory eraser from Men In Black and brought back their old uniforms, with a few tweaks. The result? Great, modernized throwbacks from their Super Bowl Era. Even their pewter color rush looks great. These are uniforms fit for Tom Brady. It would’ve been a travesty for the alarm clock Buccaneers to make the Super Bowl, in these beauties though? They can go as far as they want.

1. Los Angeles Chargers

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Was there ever any doubt? There is only one word to describe the Los Angeles Chargers new uniforms – beautiful. Every single iteration is gorgeous. The power blue, the white, the yellow pants, the royal blue, the navy, they all look fantastic. Personally, I’m a sucker for helmets with numbers on them as well, so that’s just another plus for these uniforms. The power of awesome uniforms is underestimated, it’s part of the reason why the Oregon Ducks’ popularity has shot up, and I can see it having that much of an effect for the Chargers. These are THAT good.